Results 121–140 of 475 for speaker:Mr Albert Murray

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Motorway Construction (27 Jan 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: It would be difficult to shorten the procedures, because major motorway schemes are very complex. Any Government must ensure that all the procedures are followed so that individuals' rights are safeguarded.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Motorway Construction (27 Jan 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: No, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heavy Road Vehicles (Night Operation) (27 Jan 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: Heavy lorries already move by night where this suits the needs of industry and is economic. I do not think the road haulage industry needs any additional encouragement from my right hon. Friend in this respect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heavy Road Vehicles (Night Operation) (27 Jan 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I am not sure whether the criterion of cheapness would apply. But on accidents, in 1968 37 per cent. of serious casualties and 43 per cent. of fatalities occurred after dark, even though little more than 25 per cent. of all travel took place at night.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heavy Road Vehicles (Night Operation) (27 Jan 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I am certain that the Government and my hon. Friend the Member for Central Ayrshire (Mr. Manuel) give all the encouragement to transport that is possible. The trouble with the hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Edward M. Taylor) is that he continually thinks that this House is a Celtic-Rangers game.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: I start on a personal note by thanking the hon. Member for Tavistock (Mr. Michael Heseltine) for doing his duty on behalf of his party and the House today. I understand that his wife has been taken to hospital today. I am pleased to learn that she is now a little better. I am sure the whole House wishes her a speedy recovery. I am glad to see my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: That is a very interesting question. The right hon. and learned Gentleman has not been present in the debate all day, and he now asks me whether I will dredge the Ellesmere Port canal. If this is what the Opposition case comes down to, whether or not we shall dredge the canal—

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: I think that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer would be quite capable of dredging the Ellesmere Port canal. But we are not arguing about dredging canals. We are discussing a vital sector of our nation.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: With all due respect to the right hon. and learned Gentleman, many people have spoken in the debate about important matters. It may well be an interesting constituency point, but it has nothing to do with the Bill at this stage. Let us consider some of the comments of the outsiders. Lord Geddes, who was President of the Chamber of Shipping when the White Paper was published, referred to the...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: We do not believe that it should be done that way. We put 5 million tons as the criterion. We think that this is a realistic criterion. The ports which will come under the aegis of the Authority are responsible for nearly nine-tenths of the trade handled.

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: That was explained by my hon. Friend, and it is explained in the Bill. It has been suggested, on the one hand, that ports such as Felixstowe and Shoreham should have been included in the reorganisation from the outset, while, on the other hand, we have been criticised for including Milford Haven and the Medway. But the 5 million tons criterion was chosen by the Government after careful...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: I will not give way. You made it clear that you would vote with hon. Gentlemen opposite. As you have made your case, I see no reason—

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: I apologise, Mr. Speaker. During the debate some emphasis has been placed on the desirability of ports such as Milford Haven, the Medway, Bristol and Manchester having their own local ports boards. Under Clauses 2 and 3, it will be for the N.P.A. to make proposals, in its devolution schemes, on this matter in the first instance. However, I gladly repeat the assurances that have been given...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: I cannot cover a hypothetical situation. [Laughter.] I am sure that at least my hon. Friends who have made constructive suggestions want to hear replies about them rather than about a hypothetical case in Bristol. If land vests in the N.P.A. and within 10 years of the vesting date the N.P.A. no longer requires it for its business, the N.P.A. must give Bristol Corporation first refusal, a...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: It is all very well for the hon. Member to keep interrupting, but if he wants to hear the answer about Bristol he would do much better to listen. The price to be paid by the council for the transfer back would be fair and reasonable having regard to all the circumstances of the case and, again, in default of agreement the price will be determined by arbitration. As my right hon. Friend said,...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: We cannot pursue this matter of Bristol now. My right hon. Friend is seeing the Association of Municipal Corporations next week and it would be better if I did not say any more at this stage. One of the points which might have been made by the Opposition is the success of the British Transport Docks Board. The Opposition have spoken in their usual language when talking about nationalisation...

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (18 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: The second is in relation to competition between their ports. The Board's practice is to encourage healthy competition. Charges are not standardised nationally and managers compete with each other in service and price. They must not cut charges or reduce revenue below cost to take traffic away from another of the Board's ports. In this and other respects, the Board's existing practices...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways (Staff Pensions) (9 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: My hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Health and Social Security has given certain undertakings on the new scheme, and I have no doubt that the trade unions will be consulting the British Railways Board about the whole matter of pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Railways (Staff Pensions) (9 Dec 1969)

Mr Albert Murray: I am certainly not willing at the Box to give the undertaking sought. This is a matter for the British Railways Board, which has statutory obligations.


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